Mural of UAE's founding fathers painted on Hatta dam

Artwork part of $354m development plan to boost tourism and business
Mural of UAE's founding fathers painted on Hatta dam
One of the world’s largest murals - depicting the UAE’s founding fathers - has been painted on the UAE’s south-east Hatta mountain range, on the border with Oman.
By Shoshana Kedem
Sun 26 Nov 2017 11:55 AM

One of the world’s largest murals - depicting the UAE’s founding fathers - has been painted on the UAE’s south-east Hatta mountain range, on the border with Oman.

The new attraction is part of a $354m (AED1.3bn) development plan of the Hatta Region to develop its cultural and heritage sites and promote the area as one of the emirate's key tourist attractions and business hubs, according to the Dubai Executive Council.

The 80m x 30m artwork, commissioned by the Government of Dubai Media Office and created in collaboration with Brand Dubai, portrays portrays UAE founders Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan and the late Sheikh Rashid Al Maktoum.

As part of the plan, Dubai Municipality’s projects include ‘Al Sheraa’ heritage area, with the construction of 30 environmentally-friendly public rest houses, and building 2 km of pathways and tourist walks through tourist sites across Hatta such as the Hatta Heritage Village, Hatta Kayak and Hatta Dam.

Other initiatives include projects to enhance the urban infrastructure to support the growth of entrepreneurs and businesses in Hatta, such as the region’s honey industry.

Dubai Municipality has also organised the Hatta Honey Festival in the first quarter of 2017, while Dubai SME has launched a honey-packing factory and training courses in project management and entrepreneurial skills.

Dubai SME has also allocated 40 shops in Hatta to young Emiratis to support entrepreneurial development, complemented by an Emiratisation scholarship programme launched by Dubai Municipality for the region.

In addition a new housing development called The Mohammed Bin Rashid Housing Establishment started work on Phase I of a project to construct 400 houses for Emiratis at the cost of $154m (AED565m). The project is expected to be completed by late 2018.

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